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Washington utility to buy power from Montana tribal group

Mar. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Washington state electric utility signed a contract to purchase hydroelectric power from a Montana tribal company. Puget Sound Energy Inc. signed the 15-year contract to draw power from a project operated by Energy Keepers Inc., owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Klamath River is seen flowing across northern California from atop Cade Mountain in the Klamath National Forest. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and reopen 400 stream miles of potential salmon habitat that's been blocked off for more than a century. Numerous tribes in southern Oregon and northern California are pushing for the dams' removal to save dwindling salmon populations in California's second-largest river. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — California's second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many demands, the Klamath...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and would include the Iron Gate Dam facility pictured. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many competing demands,...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

Milestone reached on second new reactor at Plant Vogtle

Mar. 28, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Power says a crews have reached a big milestone in the construction of a second new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle. The 750-ton (680 metric tonnes) top head for the reactor's containment vessel was lifted into place Friday, The Augusta Chronicle reported. The giant cap...

Squirrel sparks power loss near Alaska governor's residence

Mar. 25, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An squirrel knocked out power to residences near the state governor’s mansion, Alaska electric company officials said. The squirrel was interfering with equipment when the temporary loss of electrical service happened in Juneau Monday, The Juneau Empire reported. “Our...

Secretary of state to determine validity of signatures

Mar. 25, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The secretary of state's office must address whether some of the petitions used to get the proposed $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect onto the November ballot were invalid. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy this week gave Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap until April 1...

FILE - In a June 3, 2014, photo, the Paradise Fossil Plant stands in Drakesboro Ky. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Iconic plant's end spells doom for struggling coal industry

Mar. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the...

Officials: Nuclear plant employees failed to check for fires

Mar. 21, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Employees at a South Carolina nuclear plant failed to check for fires when making rounds and then falsified log books, federal officials said. The violations of policy happened in 2017 at Duke Energy's Robinson Nuclear Plant near Hartsville, The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, an illustration depicts a planned interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico as officials announce plans to pursue the project during a news conference at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, N.M. Federal regulators are recommending licensing a proposed multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico that would temporarily store spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors around the United States. But the preliminary recommendation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is making waves with critics who say the agency did not look closely enough at potential conflicts with locating the facility in the heart of one of the nation's busiest oil and gas basins. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

More time sought for public input on nuclear fuel proposal

Mar. 21, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are requesting that federal regulators extend the public comment period for an environmental review related to a multibillion-dollar complex that would store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the United States....